I was a substitute teacher in Cobb County for 19 years and saw everything under the sun going on. Granted, there are a lot of “bad” kids in school who are totally out of control.
That said, there are also a lot of very good kids in school who are serious about their education and have plans for college and their careers.
I have seen good kids treated like criminals. They can be searched; their lockers can be searched and their cars can be searched without a warrant. This boy should have called his parents before he let the principal have his car searched, but most young people will do what the principal says and don’t even think about calling their parents.
I carry a compact set of tools in my console in case I need them if I have car trouble.
Most adults probably have some type of tool or small knife in their car. If the schools want to enforce these outrageous rules, they need to search the thousands of cars that the parents are driving to school to drop their children off and pick them up every day.
My now 20-year-old grandson got suspended from school in the 3rd grade because he kissed a girl on the playground. They accused him of “sexual harassment.” When he got home, he had to ask his mother what sexual harassment meant.
Our school administrators do not use any common sense and because of this, they can ruin a child’s life forever.
Over the years that I substituted, I had several kids who gave me a lot of trouble but I just dealt with them one on one. I thought a few of them were going to end up in prison. However, one of them became an attorney, another one a manager at Walmart; one of them became a missionary, another got a high-paying job at an automobile repair shop.
School administrators need to use some discretion before they get the police involved. They are going by the letter of the law, not the intent of the law. I hope this young man gets a good attorney and judge who will go after the school administrator and sue them for the unwarranted search of his car.